Conversation Starter Kit for Families and Loved Ones of People With Alzheimer's Disease or Other Forms of Dementia



Detailed Description

This Starter Kit is specifically designed to help families and loved ones of people with Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia who want guidance about having the conversation. We appreciate the difficulty and the importance of having these conversations.

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Too many people die in a manner they would not choose, and too many of their loved ones are left feeling bereaved, guilty, and uncertain.

It's time to transform our culture so we shift from not talking about dying to talking about it. It's time to share the way we want to live at the end of our lives. And it's time to communicate about the kind of care we want and don't want for ourselves.

We believe that the place for this to begin is at the kitchen table not in the intensive care unit with the people we love, before it's too late.

Together we can make these difficult conversations easier. We can make sure that our own wishes, and those of our loved ones, are both expressed and respected. The Conversation Project offers tools, guidance, and resources to begin talking with loved ones about your and their wishes.

Type of Tool

Tool or toolkit


Alzheimers, dementia, advance care planning, advance directive, end-of-life


Key Contacts

The Conversation Project


  • Education

  • System change: Health care transformation

  • System change: Faith community transformation

  • Health System Transformation Oasis

  • People (community residents, community members with lived experience)

  • Effective

  • Efficient

  • Proactive

  • Individual/family

  • Childcare

  • Faith community

Geographic Context
  • Urban/large city

  • Rural

Geographic Unit
  • Neighborhood

  • Region (spanning several counties and/or towns)

  • Portfolio 1 (Improving mental/physical health with patients or workforce)

    This portfolio supports health care organizations focused on improving the physical and/or mental health of individuals for whom they feel directly responsible (e.g., patients and/or employees).

  • Portfolio 4 (Stewarding the community's long-term overall well-being)

    ​​​​​​In this portfolio, health care organizations actively engage in contributing to the long-term, overall wellbeing of the community as part of their mission and responsibility. In partnership with other community-based organizations, the focus on the community as a whole beyond subpopulations or priority topics.

Action Areas
  • Community benefit

    ​​​​​​Resources to help nonprofit hospitals obtain tax-exempt status by investing in community and population health, in range of services and activities that address the cause and impact of health-related needs.

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